Scripps Ranch has many treasures: our library, schools, parks, neighborhoods--the list goes on and on. But our most valuable community treasures are our extraordinary volunteers, who make Scripps Ranch a great place to live.
This month we celebrate those who work seemingly non-stop to ensure that what needs to get done gets done. At the annual SRCA Recognition Night, we honored our community volunteers. In this issue of the Newsletter, we highlight the event in an eight-page special report, starting on page 11. We hope you enjoy reading about these amazing folks. Be sure to thank them when you see them around the neighborhood.
We want to highlight one exceptional community treasure, our Citizen of the Year, Lynn Todd. We congratulate Lynn on this honor that she earned through her many accomplishments. On a personal note, I have worked closely with Lynn on many projects. She is one of the most upstanding, down-to-earth people you could ever meet, and I'm honored to call her my friend. Congratulations, Lynn.
One of the programs Lynn has led since its inception is the Marshall Middle School Parent-Paid Bus Program. It has helped reduce traffic around MMS, so it affects many residents regardless of whether you have a child at MMS. It's time to register and there is an informational meeting this month. See page 23.
Another community treasure is our SRCA Neighborhood Watch group. There has been an uptick in residential burglaries in Scripps Ranch. On page 23, there are SRCANW tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.
Now let the fun begin! A revamped Community Fair is this month--on Sunday, May 6. Check out all the new features on page 5, then don't miss this family event. New this year: a Wine Garden. See you there!
At the Community Fair, our terrific Sustainable Scripps Ranch group will have special "green" speakers at its booth. More details are on page 9.
I can't believe that we're already planning for the 4th of July Parade and Festivities. This is not only a community treasure, it's a community tradition! The theme this year is "The Many Faces of Scripps Ranch." Get together with friends and neighbors and join the parade. The entry form is on page 7.
An important event for our community is the Senior Housing Fair. It's on Saturday, May 19. There will be representatives from different types of senior living communities, as well as folks to help with home health care services. Check out page 9 and plan to attend.
A major construction project has started on Erma Road off Scripps Ranch Boulevard. The SR Planning Group has details on page 27.
Ten years ago this month, I took over as editor of the Newsletter. To explain how I have seen my role over the years, I want to borrow from the late journalist Tim Russert, whom I was lucky enough to meet during my broadcast journalism days. Tim called his news broadcast Meet the Press a "national treasure," about which he said he was only the "temporary custodian."
That's how I feel about my position with the Newsletter. I believe, and hear from residents, that the Newsletter is a "community treasure," and I think I am the temporary custodian. I love hearing the story from Bob Dingeman of how he used to type up and "mimeograph"--look it up, kids!--the Newsletter and hand deliver it to residents. Thank you for entrusting me with this community treasure! We hope to enhance the quality even more in the coming months.
Happy Mother's Day to one of our most beloved community treasures--Scripps Ranch moms!